If you want to give your tired old media property a badass reboot, Warren Ellis is clearly the man to call. He helped elevate Ultimate Fantastic Four, and now he's done it again with G.I. Joe: Resolute, the new animated movie that's been airing in installments on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It's a solid junior techno-thriller.
The final installment airs tonight at midnight. You can also watch the entire show online (or on YouTube, for those outside the USA). It's not perfect--you'll see stormtrooper marksmanship and heroic sacrifice tropes, among others--but I love the science fiction procedural in Parts 3 and 4 (I now have a tiny crush on the new Dial Tone), and the ninja fight in Part 8 is brutal.
I really don't expect this summer's live-action movie to be anywhere near as cool as this.
Wasn't aware of this at all - thanks so much for tuning me in. My only complaint/request with the Cartoon Network episodes is that they increase them in length. 5 mins per episode is incredibly frustrating, even in spite of my ADD. Still, the episodes were light years better than the original. I hope they get greenlit for additional eps let alone a full-length series (i.e., 22 mins, w/ commercials).
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